Sferisterio of Macerata – Italian classical events

When you think of opera in a lovely al fresco setting, the Arena di Verona is definitely the first that comes to mind; one can only appreciate its beauty and the quality of the plays and concerts. Italy offers a large number of excellent arenas, and today I want to talk about the Sferisterio of Macerata in the Marche. A much younger and somewhat smaller arena than the one in Verona, it is still impressive both in its beauty, the quality of its acoustics and the standard of the operas performed. It is definitely considered to be one of the best around. The arena contains all the requirements for an unforgettable experience. Imagine a beautiful, warm summer evening, the sky [ ... ]

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Giacomo Leopardi – the greatest italian poet

If you try to describe a literary giant and philosopher as Giacomo Leopardi, one cannot but bow down and humbly ask for forgiveness to his greatness. Count Giacomo Leopardi was born in Recanati (Le Marche region), June 29, 1798 in an important noble family and died in Naples on June 14th, 1837, was a poet, philosopher, writer, philologist and Italian linguist. Despite still not sufficiently known in the rest of the world, he’s considered the greatest Italian poet of the nineteenth century and one of the most important figures of world literature, and also one of the major literatures of the period of romanticism. His inspiration sensationalist and materialist established him as a philosopher of considerable depth.  The list of his works [ ... ]

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La Quintana – Historical representation in Italy

When you think about historical representations in Italy, the Palio of Siena is probably first to mind but actually there are hundreds of them all over Italy, the only difference is the relationship that each place has with its rich ancient history. The Quintana in Ascoli Piceno, one of the five provincial town of the Marche, finds its roots in the festival dedicated to its patron, Saint Emidio. The Quintana is composed of various events involving the town’s six neighbouthoods and are enthuiastically cheered on by the thousands of onlookers. Starting in July and ending on August 5 the main occasions are the Carousel ring, the Palio and the Parade. The Carousel ring. August 5 enjoys a faithful reconstruction of how the Ascoli [ ... ]

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